The Rev. Mark Andrew Jones, BSG


    Rector, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Pompano Beach 

    In Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ coming as Emmanuel (God-With-Us). The Prince of Peace, “is the image of the invisible God”; “in him all the fullness of God … dwell[s], and through him God … reconcile[s] to himself all things” (Colossians 1:15-20) – out of love, for love, and in love. This is Good News and Tidings of Great Joy! No matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or whom you love, God accepts you. By daily accepting into our hearts the coming of Jesus – the Light of Life that dispels all darkness – the miracle of Christmas can change the world.

    The Rev. Dr. Deborah Geweke


    Christ Lutheran Church, Oakland Park

    What is the meaning of Christmas? It is an expectant time of the year.  After weeks of waiting we gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. He comes to us as the Christ Child. And He is the one who continues to live among us and in each one of us.  He is the Lord of our lives guiding us to reach out to one another in love and faith.  We look forward to carrying true meaning of Christmas into and through the new year, and in all aspects of our life."  Christmas Blessings from Christ Lutheran Church.


    Father Joe, OSF

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    Parish of Sts Francis and Clare, Wilton Manors

    The Word became flesh and dwells among us" - the promise made long ago, that in the fullness of time, God would keep the promise to send one like us as Emmanuel - God with us.

    We, as Franciscan friars, in word and action, make this promise known. As a parish community, our sisters and brothers are also ambassadors of the Word made flesh. We are an

    open and affirming parish where we appreciate and welcome diversity. 


    The Reverend Robert G. Trache

    Father Bob in Israel

    Rector and Head of School

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School

    While I was watching a Christmas tree twinkle, it occurred to me how each Christmas is something like a renaissance painting touched up and redone ever year, bringing with it memories both new and old. Isn’t it remarkable that for almost 2000 years Christians have been returning to Bethlehem in their hearts and minds to remember and recreate the hope of Christmas?

    Christmas is the beginning of the Christian story of how God became intimately involved in our lives. Because God loved us so dearly, God drew us closer in the Christ child, so that we can see God in every child, and God can know the child within us.



    by Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.


    United Church of Christ Ft. Lauderdale 

    The season of Christmas is a time to remind us to be more Christ like. May we choose to allow the light within each one of us to shine. We live in a torn and hurting world and the invitation of this holiday is for us to choose "love" as our lifestyle all year long.

    Last year, Rabbi Marc Labowitz and the congregation from his Temple brought the food to our church so we could feed those who were hungry and in need together.  Before the meal we shared a joint worship service where we praised, sang, and prayed together and shared our love and passion for God. I have no doubt that the unity of our community pleases Jesus. We don’t judge, we love. 

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Seasons Greetings!. 


    The Call of Christmas

    Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins


    Senior Minister, Sunshine Cathedral

    Fort Lauderdale

    There’s a lot of ugliness in the world. There’s fear, sadness, injustice, and conflict. That’s why we need holy days. Every religion offers days to celebrate possibilities and show gratitude for resilience, and in my faith tradition, Christmas is such a day. Christmas reminds us that there is joy to be found even in uncertain times. Christmas presents angels reminding us that peace is possible and goodwill is our inheritance. Christmas is needed when the world seems out of whack; it reminds us to dream of better days and to work to make those dreams come true.

    Christmas Eve Services at Sunshine Cathedral: 7 PM and 9 PM.



    Christ Lutheran Church

    1955 East Oakland Park Blvd.

    Service at 7:30pm with preservice Jazz celebration of our Lord's birth at 7:00pm

    The Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare

    2300 NW 9th Avenue - Powerline Road, Wilton Manors, FL  33311

    Service at 10 PM - Mass followed by dessert, punch and coffee. 

    United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale

    2501 NE 30th Street, Fort Lauderdale 33306

    Service at 8:00pm, including a Chamber Orchestra and Candle Lighting 

    St. Mark's Episcopal Church

    1750 East Oakland Park Boulevard

    Children's Christmas Pageant - 4:30 p.m.

    Prelude Festival of Music - 7:00 p.m.  AND 10:30 p.m.

    Choral Eucharist - Rite II  - 7:30 p.m.  AND 11 p.m. 

    St Nicholas Episcopal Church

    1111 E Sample Road,Pompano Beach FL 33064 

    5:00 p.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols with Holy Communion.

    The 10:00 p.m. service will be a traditional Choral Eucharist.

    A spirited reception will follow both services (Eggnog & Blender Drinks)

    Sunshine Cathedral

    1480 SW 9thAvenue,  Fort Lauderdale 

    We Need a Little Christmas!

    Services at 7pm and 9pm

    Both services with orchestra 

  • Column: Etz Chaim Remembers

    This was a very difficult week for our community. Eleven good and pure souls were extinguished by hate simply because they were Jews.

  • Column: Faith & Spirituality

    The holiday season is concluded for another year, the menorahs and creches and candles and lights put back in storage, and our attention wanes regarding the list of resolutions we so recently and resolutely made.

  • Column: Happy New Year!

    This time of year, we hear a lot about new year resolutions.  A resolution is an “intention to do or not do something”.  The question we must ask ourselves is “How do we turn this intention in to a reality?” A resolution that works is not an event, it’s a lifestyle change.  

    At our church, instead of a one-time hour-long event, we are claiming the entire month of January as a “travel plan” to discern and navigate our journey for the new year. We have contacted our travel agent (God) and plan a month-long trip whose destination stops include Sundays of Epiphany, Burning Bowls, Baptism and Letters to God.

    January 6th, on Epiphany Sunday we look back at where we have traveled before and learn from those trips. What have been our motivations and how have they worked for us in the past? Like the Wise Men, we will choose to be guided even more by the light that exists within us. We will review our encounters with the divine. We will commit to grow, change and being transformed, and are open to infinite possibilities as the spirit guides us to her plan for us.

    January 13th, on Burning Bowl Sunday we travel to the land of discernment and throw away the souvenirs that we have been carrying around for years. We toss in to the fire, life’s experiences that we have allowed to hold us back and keep us from feeling connected with the divine. We send them to the department of “lost luggage”, never to be seen again.

    January 20th, on Baptism Sunday, we make a statement to the community of people who travel with us.  We share our firm commitment to our divine travel plan.  It’s also a commitment of those who travel with us to support one another and to love one another even when there are layovers or temporary canceled flights!

    And last but not least, January 27this “Letters to God” Sunday when we will print out our itinerary for the new year. We write a personalized travel plan to God.  This itinerary is returned to us six months later for review and possible revision for different routes or modes of transportation.

    God invites to New Beginnings.  Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome to pack your bags and come travel with us.  All Are Welcome!

    United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale

    2501 NE 30thStreet

    Fort Lauderdale, FL  33306

    Facebook:    UCCFTL

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    Services:  Sundays and Thursdays at 10:30am

  • Column: Is God Here For All Of Us Or Just Some Of Us?

    Despite the tumultuous domestic times in which we live, there’s reason to give thanks for God has graciously gifted us much – each one of us. We give thanks for the wonder and bounty of creation and pray humanity will be a good steward for future generations.

  • Column: Let There Be Love and Understanding

    Like most religious organizations, Congregation Etz Chaim exists for the benefit of our community. For us this includes LGBTQ Jews, straight Jews, spouses of Jews, folks who are curious about being Jewish, those who like being around Jews, friends of Jews, and those who resist categorization. 

  • Column: One Family United in God

    Their names were Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior…at least according to biblical tradition. But very little is known of them, and what is known is based on traditional stories and interpretations more than any information of a decidedly factual nature.

  • Don’t Go TO Church: You ARE The Church

    Gone are the days of “Blue Laws” which mandated commercial establishments be closed on Sundays because people were to be in church. Now people are free to shop and play or just sleep in on Sunday mornings rather than go to church.

  • Faith: Between the Beginning and the End

    Our journey begins with ashes.  They remind us of what we once were and what we will someday become again.  In the Rite of Christian Burial we are reminded of this our nature, as we commend the body of our brother or sister to the ground, “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” 

  • Faith: Gay, Homeless, and Abandoned

    St. Nicholas Episcopal Church has assisted homeless individuals for over 25 years, primarily through support provided by St. Laurence Chapel, located in Pompano Beach.

  • Faith: Giving Up Lent for Lent

    If you happened to go out and about last Wednesday, you may have noticed quite a few people who looked like they had recently lost a fight with a chimney sweep… That’s right, it was just Ash Wednesday, which means here we are, back in the season of Lent.

  • Faith: Grant Lynn Ford Passes Away

    It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the transition of the Right Reverend Grant Lynn Ford from this experience of life to the next.

  • Faith: The Written Word

    At United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale, the 4 Sundays of January 2019 have and are focusing on the theme of “New Beginnings”.

  • Faith:1'st Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake Worth

    At First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake Worth, we begin our worship service with the words, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

  • Jesse’s Journal: Communities of Faith

    Organized religion has not been kind to the LGBT communities. Traditional Judaism, Christianity and Islam treated sexual and gender diversity as “abominations” worthy of death or worse. 

  • Looking Back While Moving Forward

    The most horrific violence against a Jewish community in the US occurred on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. On that day, a violent man took his violent beliefs and intentionally murdered eleven Jews as they gathered for prayers in a synagogue.

  • New Year’s Resolutions – Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot?!

    Why bother with New Year’s Resolutions? Too often they are little more than frustrating starts to the rest of our lives. But what if we crafted more than party favors? 

  • Not Just A Congregation…A Family!

    (CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH) “Grow in Faith, Serve Those in Need,and Draw All People to Christ.”  We are Christ Lutheran Church…and this is ourMission Statement.  That we have a mission statement at all is to guarantee, or at least seek to be, all that our Mission as a church calls us to be.  It is why we refer to it in this introduction to the community we serve.

    At the heart of who we are is a worshipping community.  We worship according to the ancient liturgical forms of the church which have been handed down and continually enhanced by gifted writers and musicians. Therefore the liturgy, that is, our worship service, is both at the same time historical and contemporary, joining us with all the faithful who have gone before us and paving the way for those who follow. The liturgy is drawn from the living Word of God and seasoned by the needs and concerns of our day.  The service is vibrant and authentic, drawing our attention at all times out of ourselves and into the presence of God. The message is always about God's love for us all and Christ Jesus empowering us to go into all the world bearing this good news to the world around us.

    While who we are as a congregation is grounded in worship, it is that worship that enables us to be who we are in and with the community we serve—particularly Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, and greater Ft. Lauderdale. Most importantly, in this service and as an indispensable element to whowe are—as a congregation grounded in Christ, and formed in the Lutheran faith tradition—we are a community that is welcoming and open to all.  Which is why, among the images that you will see upon first entering our church, is the symbol of Reconciling in Christ.  “The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 813 settings” ( Christ Lutheran Church is one among these gathering places where all are welcome to worship, gather for fellowship, join for education (both children and adults), and participate in service to the community (in the collection of food for donation as well as our monthly bazaars). 

    Christ Lutheran is also a place where relationships are formed and fostered.  Not only are all welcome, but all are brought into relationship with one another.  We worship, serve, and laugh together.  We enjoy our time together deepening our relationship with God, and with one another and we share in each other’s joys and comfort one another in times of sorrow.  

    We are not just a congregation, we are family… one which on this and all other years comes home for the holidays.  For, at Christ Lutheran Church, we are a family that is borne of the HolyFamily—Mary, Joseph and our Lord Jesus—and we gather in a home to which all are invited, to turn and return to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Come and join the Christ of Christmas.

    Edwin, this photo is for above the article It is larger than the text box, but I’d like it “cut off” on the bottom below the shadow of the cross (in the small circle of light between the chairs and the large floor mosaic.) If it’s possible, I’d also like it “cut off” at the top so it shows a bit less ceiling (but I couldn’t do that edit for some reason.)  Edit as needed to get mostly from the cross in the light at the bottom to just above the windows and Jesus wall upfront.  Deborah


  • Oakland Park Is Trying To Shut Down Father Bob's Soup Kitchen

    All Saints Catholic Mission has fed the poor since 1990. While the City of Oakland Park has tried to shut them down for the past eight years.

    The battle between the church and the city recently escalated when All Saints sued the city on the basis of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.